More restrictions may be coming for East Kootenay hunters due to this summer’s wildfires.
The Province is currently reviewing whether or not it should prohibit vehicle usage in certain areas to protect animal habitats.
Regional Manager of Fish and Wildlife John Krebs says any prohibitions would be meant to protect moose or mule deer in areas humans normally don’t have access to.
“Our fires, although they weren’t as large as the Cariboo and Thompson fires, we still have a few areas where we are concerned about wildlife vulnerability,” Krebs says. “So we are looking at some measures to try and mitigate some of those risks over here as well.”
Krebs says government bodies believe fire guards and changes in visibility could increase human access to animals like moose and mule deer.
Official are looking at the severity of blazes in the Bull River and White river area.
“We are looking to propose some motor vehicle restrictions in those areas and the fire perimeters,” Krebs says.
The Province is also reviewing wildfire terrain around the Moyie Lake, Lamb Creek, Island Pond, Soowa Mountain and Linklater blazes.
Restrictions are already in place in parts of the Thompson and Cariboo regions.
– Regional Manager of Fish and Wildlife, John Krebs